Today, the Swiss watchmaker has officially presented its new range of watches built with modified historic movements inside. The Armand Nicolet L09 in rose gold and DLC titanium (Ref. S619N-BU-G9610) is one of the new trio of sporty timekeepers.
The movement in question is the caliber AN0711A. According to the company’s press release, it is based on the Unitas UT 600 movement that was made in 1957 and, till now, awaited its fate in the Swiss company’s warehouse.
Armand Nicolet’s watchmakers took the movement apart, decorated it with Cotes de Geneve stripes, plated it with rhodium and added the swan neck regulator, Incabloc shock absorption system and made some other modifications in order to make the movement more up to date.
Although in its press release Armand Nicolet calls the movement “self-winding,” I am positively sure that this is a hand-wound job.
As you can see on the photos, the movement is placed inside a rather bulky, robust-looking case.
Made of black DLC-treated titanium and adorned with a rose gold bezel, the case must be both very light, as well as resistant to occasional scratches.
The DLC treatment (which stands for Diamond-Like Carbon) provides the scratch-prone titanium with a very thin layer of carbon, which is almost as hard as a real diamond.
The only thing that may get damaged here is the bezel, which is crafted from 18-carat rose gold.
The open-worked blue dial provides a nice view at the discreetly decorated movement.
When ready to ship, it will be limited to only 450 pieces.
Photos: Armand Nicolet
Armand Nicolet L09 in Rose Gold and DLC Titanium (Ref. S619N-BU-G9610) watch specification
Movement: Manual, AN0711A, based on Unitas UT 600, 18 jewels, 127 parts, 18,000 vph, 31.5 mm x 3.95 mm, modified in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Cotes de Geneve on the bridges and mainplate
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power reserve: N/A
Case material: Titanium, black DLC
Bezel material: Rose gold
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: 14.00 mm
Hands: Rose gold
Water resistance: N/A
Strap: Black rubber strap with DLC black titanium buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Sapphire